My Dear And Loving Husband By Anne Bradstreet Essay

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Anne Bradstreet’s To My Dear and Loving Husband is a love poem that was published in 1678. Bradstreet explores the themes of time, faith, value, and identity through the speaker’s love for her husband. Through this poem, Bradstreet expresses Puritan values towards love and discusses the potential immortality of love.
To My Dear and Loving Husband shares similarities to a sonnet, but alters with the rhyme scheme and use of twelve lines in comparison to the usual fourteen lines. Bradstreet crafts her poem in iambic pentameter and composes her lines into rhyming couplets. Through her use of iambic pentameter, Bradstreet creates an impression of a heartbeat, which produces a sense of unity that this couple shares with one another. The rhyming couplets of the poem solidify the love that the couple shares for each other and reflect their identity as a unified couple that complement each other and work together in harmony.
The first two lines begin with an anaphora, which Bradstreet uses to construct a consistent pattern, similar to the rhythmic pattern of a heart. “If ever two were one, then surely we. / If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;” (l. 1-2). The speaker establishes the unity and love she feels for her husband in these first two lines as a form of spiritual love that transcends time. While the speaker implies that her husband, the addressee, reciprocates her feelings, it is notable that only the speaker loses her individual identity in this poem. The addressee is…

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